PHMSA, OSHA issue guidance on labeling hazardous chemicals

Memo focuses on bulk packaging in transportation, workplace

Posted September 20, 2016

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on September 19 issued a joint guidance memorandum clarifying the applicability of their respective requirements for labeling hazardous chemicals.

The joint memo provides an overview of each agency’s scope of authority, and guidance on the applicability of PHMSA and OSHA labeling requirements with an emphasis on bulk packaging used in transportation and in the workplace. With reference to this guidance, labeling includes all Department of Transportation placarding, signs, and other markings.

PHMSA labeling requirements may be found in the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 100-180), and OSHA labeling requirements may be found in the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012; 29 CFR §1910.1200).

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